Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Well I'm still on my quest for healthier eating in 2010, but I absolutely have to eat something chocolate pretty much every day. Kind of like my Diet Coke addiction, but I have to drink at least two or three of those a day! Anyway, after looking at my January issue of Health Magazine, I noticed an article with the title America's Healthiest Cookie. I knew right then and there that I had found my next baking project. Healthy cookies? Wow, I'm all about this recipe! I will tell you right now that these cookies do not taste like Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I do think they are very tasty and they do satisfy my chocolate/sweet craving - so they work for me. I keep them in the freezer and pop one in my lunch bag pretty much every morning. Give them a try if you are trying to eat healthier too :)
Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
from Health Magazine
6 T unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (I used mini-flake oats from our Farmer's Market)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used bittersweet chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add brown sugar, stir until smooth. Combine flours, baking soda, oats and salt in a medium bowl. Combine butter mixture with the dry ingredients and add the egg and vanilla. Fold in chopped walnuts and chocolate. Mix well. The dough will be very dry. Compress the dough and shape into balls. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet (I used a Silpat) for 12 minutes or until tops are dry to the touch. Makes about 32 cookies


  1. They sound wonderful! Freezing them and then thawing only one or two at a time is a great idea.

  2. These sound wonderful! I love having a little chocolate every day too and this would be a really tasty way to get it.

  3. Awesome blog! I love it(and your pink mixer)! That bread pudding recipe looks SO wonderful!


  4. We have much in common. I love Diet Pepsi, too!

  5. These look fabulous and I will be making them TODAY - I am completely iced in in NC - perfect day for making cookies! I LOVE your site and your pink mixer - I have a white mixer but secretly wanted a pink one ;)

  6. I love your honesty here: "OK, they're not as good as the real thing but they're pretty darn tasty." Haha! As long as they don't taste like cardboard I'm up for giving 'em a shot! I know what you mean about the diet soda. I've got a bit of an addiction going on myself. It doesn't have to be just Diet Coke, though. I'd do Diet Pepsi or Diet Dr. Pepper, too.

  7. LOL, I like DT Dr. Pepper and try to keep myself to only one can a day. Maybe two if I'm at the ball field all day.

    I'll take these in bar form! :) The other day I broke out the cooking light dessert book that I've had for awhile. I need to stop looking at the photos and get to "lighter" baking! :) Good luck on your quest for healthier sweets.

  8. These look great, I hardly ever use walnuts in my cookies, but I will have to give them another try :)

  9. Where do I sign up for a batch of these?!!

  10. We have much in common. I'm going to love those cookies, I like diet coke, and I have a pink mixer,too. Thanks for sharing.


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